I had the pleasure of seeing Norm Macdonald’s standup routine live sometime in the 1990s, if I remember right. He played the local college in Reno, Nev., and the crowd wasn’t all that impressed with him.
Meanwhile, my brother and I laughed our asses off.
He was rambling quite a bit, and seemed to be making everything up on the fly. Bro and I thought it was brilliant, but we were in the minority: He got mildly heckled that night. (I will never forget his line: “Never dance with a girl who has a belly full of chowder!”)
For this Netflix special, Norm is all buttoned up in a suit, and his routine is fine-tuned. It’s also hilarious, shocking and nothing short of comedic brilliance. He’s funny as hell in this thing.
This special from Macdonald is just the latest in a string of great Netflix comedy offerings, from the likes of Dave Chappelle, Louis CK and, soon, Chris Rock. The streaming service is definitely stealing HBO’s thunder.
Terrific routines include his ruminations on the teaching profession, aging, hearing aids and playing with sticks. His droll line delivery is a thing to behold, for sure, and he kills every joke.
If you found yourself laughing hard at his Saturday Night Live news routine, prepare to laugh even harder. This is a classic.
Norm Macdonald: Hitler’s Dog, Gossip and Trickery is now streaming on Netflix.